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Thirty years a software developer, I have more recently become a proofreader and editor as well.


Apr
9
awarded  Yearling
Feb
17
answered Word for light after it has passed through a window / glass
Jan
23
comment Does “less than” really mean “subtracted from”, or is it bad English?
Both this word order and the inverted word order are correct English. I heard both in school and, as you state in response to Pete Kirkham, one "sounds normal" to you and me both. Using the reverse introduces cognitive dissonance, as does any unusual inversion of word order. This may be simply a technique to draw attention to the facts; my teachers certainly did this purposefully. But it does not make it grammatically incorrect.
Nov
8
comment Singular Verb Following “One of . . .”
@mikhailcazi No, it does not have the same meaning as the original sentence; I did not intend that it should. It does not sound odd to me, however, because I have often said something similar, with a pause (that could of course be set off by commas but not require it). The way you give does not sound more natural to me, but it is more clearly stated.
Nov
7
answered What do you call the person who always picks up the phone when you need them?
Nov
6
comment Singular Verb Following “One of . . .”
Add 'the' to make: "He is the one of the men who does the work." Now 'one' is no longer part of the men, but singled out to become the antecedent of the verb.
Nov
6
answered What's the meaning of “pence” in this context?
Nov
6
answered Usage of reflexive pronouns
Nov
6
answered Another word for workbench or tools?
Apr
9
awarded  Yearling
Mar
25
answered Why do I never hear people say “I get to go now”?
Mar
25
comment “Subpage” vs “sub page” vs is it even a word?
With the advent of the web, "page" took on new and different meanings. Prior to that, a page (of text, that is) was always a single sheet of paper. Now a page can be dynamic, and therefore a subpage has meaning -- but it has not had such meaning for long, so it can be considered a new word not yet found in dictionaries, and certainly not in automated word checkers.
Feb
21
answered “You get what you deserve nothing more nothing less”
Feb
21
comment Object complement adjective, or direct object, or?
Yes, an adjective can modify an adjective. But often the order matters. You can, after all, say, "Jill painted the kitchen a red rosy color." Here they are clearly both adjectives. "Elided," by the way, indicates a missing word in the original sentence.
Feb
21
comment Punctuating question tags: A question mark is always required, isn't it. (Well, isn't it?)
One punctuation mark is enough, and the comma after the quotation mark is incorrect. Also, incredulously is spelled wrong.
Feb
21
answered Object complement adjective, or direct object, or?
Jan
27
comment Does “or” mean both conditions?
Standard English usage usually prefers the exclusive case, but it is not always so, and thus it is ambiguous. It was not from the initial sentence that it was clear -- that would deny the meaning of ambiguous -- but from the whole context, including the additional instructions.
Jan
27
revised Does “or” mean both conditions?
Clarifying the question
Jan
27
answered Does “or” mean both conditions?
Jan
27
suggested suggested edit on Does “or” mean both conditions?